Volume 24
March 2021
South Carolina Christian Action Council, Inc.
Announces Executive Minister & CEO
he Board of Directors of the South Carolina Christian Action Council announces the hiring of Rev. Regina H. Moore as the new Executive Minister & CEO effective February 16, 2021. She succeeds Rev. Brenda L. Kneece who retired October 31, 2020 after serving faithfully for 21 years.
 
According to Board Chairman Theodore Jackson, “Rev. Moore is the right fit for the Council because of her commitment and understanding of ecumenism, social justice work, and philanthropic leadership”.
 
Regina is looking forward to being engaged with faith leaders, local congregations, and the general public across South Carolina as a positive voice for social justice. She welcomes opportunities to speak at virtual seminars, forums, town hall meetings focused on the Council’s position on specific policy issues and racial justice work.
 
The mission of the South Carolina Christian Action Council is to promote and bear living witness to the unity of the Body of Christ as we advocate for social justice, promote peace-making, and foster racial and cultural justice, healing, and reconciliation. 
 
You may contact her via email at rmoore@sccouncil.net or call (803) 461-3206 for additional information.
 
Ms. Emily Mooneyhan completed her examination at the February 13, 2021 Stated Meeting of Trinity Presbytery and was enrolled as a member of Trinity Presbytery to serve as Pastor of the Saluda Presbyterian Church and the Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church (E.L.C.A.), with which we are in full communion.
Laura Jordan is a member of our Cherokee Church. She’s seeking to recruit persons from other congregations of Trinity Presbytery to serve along with her. Therefore, be sure ask if persons would like to serve on Trinity Presbytery Disaster Assistance Team to call Laura Jordan at (803) 466-8440 or to email her at laura@creativeeventsandmeetings.com.

Virtual Meeting via Zoom
April 3, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Host Church Sites:
Shiloh First Presbyterian and
Sion Presbyterian,
both in Winnsboro.

The format for the meeting will be an opening worship service, the business meeting, and an overview of the 2021- 2022 Horizons Bible Study. 
Registration form can be downloaded here. The registration forms need to be returned by the March 26, 2021.deadline.
Famine Relief
for Our Partner Church
in South Sudan

A message from the Rev. Dr. Ben Sloan, Pastor, Lake Murray Presbyterian Church

Trinity Presbytery has been in a partnership with the PCOSS (Presbyterian Church of South Sudan) since 1987. We have specifically sent presbytery representatives many times to the church, school, and clinic in Pibor.  
Last month we found out that 53 million South Sudanese are in danger of death from famine because of floods and previous wars. Specifically, the area that Trinity Presbytery has supported has flooded and been raided. But there are still good Presbyterians there. 
Lake Murray Presbyterian Church gave $1,500 to keep some from starving. Another Presbyterian Church heard about it and also gave $1,500. We hope other Presbyterian Churches or individuals will consider doing the same. We are told that $15 will feed a person sorghum and vitamins to keep them fed for a month, so $1,500 will feed 100 for a month. Maybe, if we get 12 churches we can keep 100 people fed for a whole year until things get better.  
I ask you to energetically pass this on to your missions committee. These days it is hard to send mission teams overseas. But we still have connections, and there still are needs we can meet physically, mentally, socially and spiritually for the glory of God.  
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Cherokee Presbyterian of Gilbert is conducting an extensive outreach mission in Lexington County June 20 - 26, 2021. We’ll be hosting a workcamp that consists of up to 400 young volunteers and their chaperones from all over the US to repair homes in the area for those unable to have them done for themselves – veterans, the medically challenged, the elderly and others.
 
The PC(USA) Store wants to help make 2021 a great year for you and your communities by providing free book chapters for group study and leaders, a month of free devotions from These Days, congregational resources for Lent, and Bible stories for children! Click here to learn more.
In This Issue:

  • Bard of Pensions News
  • One Great Hour of Sharing


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ReKindle is Columbia Theological Seminary's Lilly Endowment-funded Thriving Congregations grant initiative. reKindle will award Impact Grants of up to $15,000 to congregations accepted into the program.

Grant projects will support a congregation’s capacity to enhance their vitality in a post-COVID-19 context. The program will help congregations realize their goal of being a thriving congregation by supporting their focused attention on an identified need and mission priority.  Congregations will be accepted by application only. 

For additional questions about the reKindle grant, email the Center for Lifelong Learning at lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu or DOWNLOAD the Frequently Asked Questions sheet.


Certified Christian Educator
Director of Purposeful Education,
First Presbyterian Church, Aiken
POINT Person for Trinity Presbytery
Grace Covenant Pres. Church very generously applied for a grant and applied it towards urgent needs in Laurens County. Of the $950.00 grant, $300.00 was given to the Cluster Food Bank housed at the Lydia Pres. Church. This money is used to purchase food for the immediate community and for emergency requests. Folks who have never requested food assistance having been doing so causing the food bank usage to multiply tenfold. $350.00 of the grant was given for food purchases that will go to the 75 units at Hanson Circle in Laurens. The folks who live at Hanson are on limited fixed income, and the monthly food delivery is greatly appreciated. Those who manage the Lydia Food Bank purchase this food and pack it; others do the delivery. The remaining $300.00 of the grant was applied to an account made available for emergency needs such as assistance with power and rent; the calls for such assistance has multiplied in recent months.

THE REVEREND TOD BOLSINGER
Pastors and church leaders of the Synod of South Atlantic, save the date for an upcoming Church Leaders’ Forum:

Leading the Church into the
Post COVID World
Tuesday, April 27, 2021,
3:00 - 4:30 pm 
via ZOOM
Tod Bolsinger (MDiv, PhD), Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary, author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience.
COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY RECEIVES THRIVING CONGREGATION GRANT FROM LILLY ENDOWMENT
Columbia Theological Seminary has received a grant of $969,528 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the “reKindle: Congregational Development in a Post COVID-19 Era” program through its Center for Lifelong Learning. The reKindle Impact Grant will help realize the goal of the Thriving Congregation  initiative by helping congregations focus on an identified need and chosen priority for ministry and congregational vitality. 
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Ministry Resources- Navigating COVID-19
Connecting during social distancing: This week's resources for worship, study and navigating COVID-19.


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The Presbytery Coordinating Team has gathered helpful, factual information, along with their recommendation for returning to buildings or in-person gatherings and provided it here for your guidance.
Here are the latest offerings from the Center for Lifelong Learning.
Please share with your pastors, leaders, congregations or peers.

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Liability Issues to Consider on Returning to In-Person Worship 
The Presbytery office in Lexington will remain closed until further notice.

The staff is working remotely during summer business hours: 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday.

We continue to monitor the pandemic situation and follow all safety precautions recommended by the CDC and the State of South Carolina.

See the PCT’s Recommendation and Guidance for Returning to Buildings or In-person Gatherings (above).